New Mexico governor to award city, county for migrant help
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will recognize the city of Deming and Luna County for efforts to help asylum seekers over the past several months.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Volunteers are using translation apps and helping raise money for a migrant shelter near the U.S.-Mexico border in a small New Mexico city.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol says agents found 17 migrants in the back of a rental truck near New Mexico's southern border.
The Albuquerque Journal reports the migrants and...
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — The Deming school board has voted to file a lawsuit against a former high school secretary suspected of embezzlement.
The Deming Headlight reports the board voted last...
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico has settled a case with the owner of a ranch for troubled youth six years after the ranch was raided in 2013.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Actress Jennifer Garner has paid a visit to an emergency migrant shelter in southern New Mexico to meet with migrant families.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Activists in southwestern New Mexico hope to use Bob Dylan's birthday to raise money for Central American migrants seeking asylum.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on immigration and border-related concerns in New Mexico (all times local):
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says the state is creating...
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Another New Mexico community has declared an emergency in response to the increasing number of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
US attorney in New Mexico focuses on human trafficking
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Organized criminal groups are using the crush of asylum seekers from Central America and elsewhere as cover for smuggling immigrants across the state's remote border with...
Police: 2 men killed in a 4-car crash between Hatch, Deming
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say two men are dead after a four-car crash between Hatch and Deming.
They say 75-year-old Roy Edwards of Silver City and 23-year-old Alexis Chavez of Deming both were pronounced dead at the scene of Tuesday afternoon's crash.
State Police say a passenger car was traveling on State Road 26 following behind a van that was pulling a flatbed trailer with a vehicle on it.
State police investigate fatal shooting at Deming home
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are overseeing the investigation of a fatal shooting at a gathering inside a Deming residence.
Lt. Elizabeth Armijo says the shooting took place Saturday night at a home where multiple people were gathered.
Investigators say 27-year-old Eduardo Pena and several others tried to rob the people at the home at gunpoint.
Probe launched into possible theft at Deming High School
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have announced investigators are looking into possible embezzlement at a southern New Mexico high school.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Border Patrol officials say multiple people have been injured after a truck loaded with immigrants rolled over in southern New Mexico.
They say 19 people were in a vehicle that had stolen license plates and tried to evade authorities south of Deming on Highway 9 early Monday.
The truck was being pursued by a Border Patrol agent who had his vehicle's lights and siren on.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A detective in southern New Mexico is facing charges of falsely reporting a child rape suspect.
The Deming Headlight reports Bobby Brookhouser, an 18-year veteran of the Luna County Sheriff's Office, is facing charges of perjury, a fourth-degree felony, and a misdemeanor charge of false reporting.
Sylvester Stallone spotted in southern New Mexico
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Sylvester Stallone has been spotted in southern New Mexico while filming "Creed II."
The El Paso Times reports the "Rocky" star was seen in Deming, New Mexico, this weekend while hanging around snakes, enjoying some New York strip and smoking cigars.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a veteran officer has died after suffering a medical incident while on duty.
They say Sgt. Thomas Vitale died Saturday.
State Police didn't immediately disclose details of the medical incident.
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DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A historic Hispanic church in southern New Mexico is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Parishioners at Santa Ana Catholic Church in Deming are preparing for a monthlong festival to commemorate the occasion, the Deming Headlight reports .
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico teen was detained after allegedly bringing an unloaded handgun to school.
The Deming Headlight reports Deming Public Schools released a statement Monday, stating a student had been detained at Deming High School. The weapon was recovered without incident.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Officials say schools in Deming will close early Thursday so students in the southwestern New Mexico community can get home safely amid forecasts for strong and potentially damaging winds.
Proposed dolomite mine in New Mexico facing criticism
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — An Elephant Butte, New Mexico-based company is facing criticism for a proposed dolomite mine in southern New Mexico and complaints that its application is incomplete.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A ranch couple's defamation lawsuit against New Mexico State Police officers who were members of Gov. Susana Martinez's security team has been settled.
The Deming Headlight reports filing in Sixth Judicial District Court entered last week show that Scott and Colette Chandler settled their lawsuit against three New Mexico State Police officers.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Plaintiffs in a defamation lawsuit against the state police security detail for New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez say the litigation is being settled outside of court.
Scott and Colette Chandler run a ranch program for troubled youth in southern New Mexico and alleged in state district court that their reputation was damaged when they were removed from a campaign event for Martinez at a Deming motel in 2014.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation has issued a weather advisory about high winds and blowing dust in Hidalgo and Luna counties.
Department officials say visibility is low due to blowing dust Sunday afternoon.
They are advising drivers of high-profile vehicles to use caution if they are driving through the two counties.
New Mexico governor ordered to answer questions in lawsuit
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A court has ordered New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to answer questions under oath in a defamation lawsuit linked to a group that was removed from a political event in 2014.
Judge delays start of defamation trial against State Police
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A judge has delayed the trial over a couple's defamation lawsuit against New Mexico State Police officers who were members of Gov. Susana Martinez's security team.
Judge Timothy L. Aldrich refused the defense's motion to dismiss the case at a hearing in Deming on Monday, the Headlight reported .
New Mexico town looks to keep schools safe, inviting
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Deming Mayor Benny Jasso also is the safety director for Deming Public Schools. He has made a practice of dropping by campuses unannounced disguised as an intruder.
Police: Arizona man dies in motorcycle crash in New Mexico
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say an Arizona man has died in a motorcycle crash near Deming.
They say 57-year-old Richard Berry of Tucson was pronounced dead at the scene of Monday morning's accident.
The crash occurred on Interstate 10 about 35 miles west of Deming.
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Audit: $145K in public funds likely stolen at Deming schools
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A special audit of a southern New Mexico school district has resulted in numerous findings that include nearly $145,000 in public funds that were likely stolen.
Posts threatening shooting at Deming High cause stir
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Anonymous social media threats forced more than 1,000 Deming High School students to stay home as administers worked to quell fears about possible violence.
The Deming Headlight reports police officers were dispatched to campus Tuesday in response to social media posts that began circulating last weekend.
New Mexico woman suffers more than 1,000 bee stings
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico family is recovering from a bee attack where one woman suffered more than a thousand bee stings.
Officials take stock of national trail uniting 3 countries
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Out in the Bootheel near the border fence east of the Big Hatchet Mountains of Hidalgo County, a simple headstone marks the official southern terminus of a trail reaching from the Mexican border to Canada with the statement, "The trail unites us."
The Latest: Escapee from New Mexico jail captured in El Paso
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on an inmate's escape from a New Mexico jail (all times local):
Authorities say a prisoner who escaped from a New Mexico county jail has been recaptured in western Texas.
The New Mexico State Police says Joshua Mirka was apprehended Tuesday morning by Texas Rangers and local police in El Paso.
Details on the recapture weren't immediately released.
Prisoner escapes from county jail in southwestern New Mexico
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a prisoner has escaped from a county jail in southwestern New Mexico.
The New Mexico State Police identifies the inmate who escaped Monday evening from the Luna County Detention Center in Deming as Joshua Mirka.
A State Police spokesman says Mirka was being held after being arrested July 27 on a warrant for alleged probation and parole violations for failing to register as a sex offender.
Federal authorities looking for Deming bank robber
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities and police in one southern New Mexico community are searching for a man who robbed a Deming bank.
The FBI says the man, wearing a boonie hat and a camouflage jacket, walked into the First Savings Bank on Thursday morning. Armed with a shotgun, he demanded money from a teller and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect drove away in a white SUV. He was described as a white male, about 6 feet tall with a slim build.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — The former owner of an escrow services business in Deming has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for embezzling more than $800,000 from 12 Luna County residents.
Prosecutors say 48-year-old Anna Delgado also was ordered to pay nearly $660,000 in restitution to her victims.
Delgado formerly owned Mimbres Valley Escrow Services.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A Border Patrol agent assigned to the Deming, New Mexico, border patrol station is recovering after authorities say he was assaulted while he was off-duty and was found alongside a road.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release that a motorist found the agent on the side of a road late Friday.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Police in Deming say an 8-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by her mother in a custodial interference case has been located and she is safe.
They say an Amber Alert was issued about 11 a.m. Friday requesting the public's assistance in locating Chelsea Boomgaarn.
Police say 47-year-old Laurie Curtis has no legal custodial rights to her daughter.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say they have reached an agreement with a New Mexico onion farm accused of discrimination.
The U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday it had entered a settlement with Carrillo Farm Labor in Deming, New Mexico, for giving special preference to foreign visa workers.
Justice Department investigators say Carrillo Farm denied U.S. citizens employment in 2016 because it wanted to hire temporary foreign workers under the H-2A visa program.
State warns about dust storms in southern New Mexico
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — State officials are warning that residents of Las Cruces, Deming and others in those counties should be prepared for dust storms.
Weather conditions and human activity can lead to high levels of dust, making it unsafe for with asthma, allergies or chronic breathing and lunch problems.
The New Mexico Environment Department said on Friday that the elderly, pregnancy women and people who suffer from respiratory conditions should avoid going outside.
April 12, 1917: Patriotism has been the slogan of the women of the state as well as of the men during the past two weeks. The Red Cross has chapters in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Deming, Silver City, Roswell and Gallup, and in many of these places other organizations have been given their aid. It is quite the style nowadays to entertain with a Red Cross sewing party, and many boxes of supplies have already been prepared by New Mexico women.
If first impressions were the defining characteristic of Ron Geyer’s ability to teach the game of basketball, there wouldn’t be a spot set aside for him in the state’s hall of honor and there wouldn’t be any reason to roll out of bed Tuesday morning lamenting the goodbye of one of the best New Mexico has ever seen.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the end of the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):
New Mexico Democratic state senators are dismissing predictions by Gov. Susana Martinez that the state is facing a possible government shutdown next month.
Sen. John Arthur Smith said Saturday the Republican governor has plenty of money to "limp along" until this summer and urged her to sign the Legislature's budget sent to her this week.
2 die in New Mexico wreck of vehicle fleeing Border Patrol
LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say two people died after being ejected from a vehicle that struck a road sign, entered a highway median and overturned several times while fleeing from U.S. Border Patrol agents.
State Police said the wreck occurred Thursday on Interstate 10 between Lordsburg and Deming in southwestern New Mexico.
The eastbound vehicle's third occupant was injured and airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas.
Feb. 14, 1917: DEMING — Governor E.C. de Baca sent a message here to A.C. Peterson, father of Andrew P. Peterson, who is being held by Mexico, saying he had urged Co. H.G. Sickle, the commander at Columbus, to “vigorously prosecute the search for the missing Americans.” This was in answer to an appeal which that father made to Governor De Baca, General Pershing and General Bell last night.
New Mexico lawmaker warns that state needs $200 million
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A leading Democratic lawmaker says New Mexico may need an additional $200 million or more to address a budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year and rebuild reserves enough to protect its credit rating.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman John Arthur Smith of Deming on Monday warned of a budget gap between $200 million and $250 million for the fiscal year starting July 1.
Canadian man dies in New Mexico after being hit by a vehicle
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern New Mexico say a Canadian man is dead after being struck by a vehicle on a freeway.
New Mexico State Police say 64-year-old Sandor Tarkanyi of Oshawa, Ontario was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident around 4:30 a.m. Monday.
They say a vehicle driven by Tarkanyi was disabled after striking a concrete barrier at a construction zone on Interstate 10 east of Deming.
Deming man’s secret wealth benefits New Mexico university
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Cy Cress was a world traveler who visited exotic places and wrote stories about them for U.S. magazines in the years following World War II. He settled down in Deming in 1985, where he lived quietly until his death on Jan. 27 at age 96.
"I was going to try Silver City, and I didn't realize that the kids were coming into college then and rentals were pretty tough to find," he recalled. "So, I went down to Deming."